Math FAQs

Questions and Answers

What is De-streaming?
Courses in which students are not "streamed" into academic, nor applied.  A de-streamed course will prepare students for the apprenticeship, college, university, and workplace pathways.
Where can I find out more about the grade 9 de-streamed math course?

DCDSB: De-streaming Grade 9 Mathematics

Ministry of Education: Grade 9 Math: A Guide for Parents

What is UP Math? 
he Ultimate Potential (UP) Math course is for students in Grade 9 Applied Mathematics who are not meeting Level 3 or 4 provincial assessments in math. This program takes a different approach to math that involves a change in teaching practices with the result being shocking improvements in students' Grade 9 Applied Mathematics EQAO scores.  Students enrolling in this course have it semester one followed by their regular math course in semester two. 
How do I know if I should take UP Math? 
Students should speak with their Grade 8 Teacher to determine if they are eligible for the course.  A recommendation is required from a Grade 8 Teacher to enrol in UP Math. 
How many math credits are required for the OSSD? 
Three (3) math credits are required.  One (1) must be at the senior level (grade 11 or 12). 
Do all of my courses have to be at the same level? 
No. A timetable may consist of a mixture of levels in different subjects depending on your strengths.  It is recommended that university-bound students take the majority of their Grade 11 courses at the U or M level in order to achieve prerequisites and meet the demands of Grade 12. 
Is extra help available for Math? 
Students are encouraged to speak with their Math Teacher to determine the best time to obtain extra help.  In addition, the Math Department provides a weekly peer tutoring program and Homework Help is available online. 
How do I know which Math course level is right for me? 
Students should seek a recommendation from their Grade 8 Teacher, as well as take the course notes in myBlueprint into consideration when selecting courses.  Course notes will indicate suggested minimum marks and other considerations. 
How can I determine if I am taking the right Math for the career I want? 

First determine the prerequisites for the program you want to take in college ( or university (  Then use the math pathway to help make the correct choices.

What should I do if I realize early in the semester that I am struggling in the math course level I chose? 
Do not hesitate to speak with your Classroom Teacher and/or Guidance Counsellor to discuss your options.  Students are able to change levels within the first few weeks of school upon availability. 
What level math do I need to take for apprenticeship, college and university post-secondary pathways?

The following are generalized lists of programs and their prerequisites.  Always research the specific programs at the schools you are interested to ensure you take the correct prerequisites.


Apprenticeship/Skilled Trades 

Careers in the Construction, Industrial/Manufacturing, and Motive Power sectors often require a minimum of Grade 12 College math (MAP4C or MTC4C)


Always check perquisites at to ensure the most accurate and up-to-date information.

  • Careers in Business, Computers & Telecommunication, Engineering & Technology, Energy, Fire Services,
        Fitness/Health, Paramedic, Practical Nursing, Skilled Trades require a minimum of Grade 12 College math
        (MAP4C or MTC4C)

  • Animal Care, Agriculture/Horticulture, Business, Communications, Child & youth, Culinary, Dental Hygiene,
        Hospitality/Tourism, Justice and Security (Emergency Services, Police, Paralegal), Media, and Social
        Services do NOT require math.

  • Some programs may accept/require Grade 11 college, mixed or university level math credits for admission

Always check perquisites at to ensure the most accurate and up-to-date information.

  • Agriculture/Forestry, Architecture, Biology, Business Management, and Psychology (BSc) require Grade 12
        Advanced Functions (MHF4U)

  • Biochemistry, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science, Engineering, Health/Life Sciences, Mathematics,
        and Physics require Grade 12 Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U)

  • Accounting, Business, Economics, Forensic Science, Kinesiology, Medical Technology, Nursing, Psychology
        (BSc), and some Concurrent Education programs require 1 or 2 Grade 12 maths (MDM4U, MHF4U or

  • Building & Planning, Communication & Media, Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Languages,
        Literature, and Psychology (BA) do NOT require math

  • Sometimes university program prerequisites are listed as “1 or 2 of MDM4U, MHF4U or MCV4U” or “one 4U

Some programs list math courses as “recommended” – this does not mean you are required to take one or that taking one will improve your odds of being accepted to the program; it simply means that taking the course will provide knowledge that will be helpful once in the program